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Avocado Brownies (Flourless & Fudgy!)

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These Avocado Brownies are an easy gluten-free dessert, using avocado instead of oil or butter. As a result, you’ll get an extra dose of fiber and nutrients in each bite. My Chocolate Avocado Pudding and Chocolate Avocado Smoothie are such a hit, I just know that you’ll love these brownies, too!

avocado brownies stacked

Benefits of Avocados

Why add avocado to a perfectly good dessert? Most recipes use plenty of butter or oil to give brownies a fudgy texture, but avocado can do the same thing while also adding extra fiber to the mix.

Here are a few more things I love about avocados:

  • They have more potassium than bananas.
  • They are a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids. (Specifically, they contain oleic acid, which has been linked to reducing inflammation.)
  • They may help to lower total cholesterol levels. (source)

Adding avocado to your food may help to increase nutrient absorption, specifically with vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are fat soluble. (source)

If you don’t want to worry about having a ripe avocado on hand, try freezing it when you have one, so you can use it later. Frozen avocado thaws well for guacamole, is the perfect addition to smoothies (like my Kale Smoothie), and you can also use it thawed to make this brownie recipe.

avocado brownies cut into squares

How to Make Avocado Brownies

I always turn to Alton Brown for a classic take on recipes, so I started with his cocoa brownie recipe when wanting to make this one. His version calls for plenty of butter and sugar, but very little flour, which I think is key to make a rich and fudgy brownie.

In this case, I’ve swapped the sugar for low-glycemic coconut sugar, replaced the butter with a ripe avocado, and omitted the flour in favor of fiber-rich almond butter. The result is a flourless brownie that is ultra-rich and fudgy! (And naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, to boot.)

avocado ingredients in food processor

Can You Taste the Avocado in these Brownies?

Avocado has a relatively mild flavor that works well in baking, but if you are super-sensitive to the flavor (like I am) I think it does come through slightly on your first bite. If you take a second bite, I find that the flavor goes almost unnoticed! (My husband says he can’t taste it at all in this recipe.)

pretty avocado brownies with avocado in the background

I’ve tried to keep the sugar as low as possible in this recipe, but if you’d like to hide the avocado flavor even more, you can add 1/4 cup of maple syrup to this recipe for a sweeter-tasting result.

For a keto avocado brownie, I imagine you can use a granulated sugar substitute to replace the coconut sugar. I haven’t tested that myself, since my body doesn’t seem to agree with zero calorie sweeteners, but please leave a comment below if you give it a try so that other readers can benefit from your experience!

Avocado Brownies Tutorial (1-Minute Video):

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Avocado Brownies (Flourless & Fudgy!)

These Avocado Brownies are rich & fudgy, and made healthier by using avocado instead of butter or oil. They are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free!
Course Dessert
Cuisine gluten-free
Keyword avocado brownies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 126kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. (I like to grease the pan first, so the parchment paper will stay in place.)
  • You can make these brownies in a single bowl, mashing the avocado with a fork until relatively smooth, or you can make them in a food processor to get rid of all the avocado chunks. (I prefer using a food processor, but I've had good results with both methods.)
  • In a food processor, combine the avocado (peel and pit removed), cacao powder, eggs, coconut sugar, almond butter, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips, then pour the batter into the prepared pan. (Decorate the top with a few extra chocolate chips, if desired.) Bake at 325ºF for 45 minutes, or until the center of the brownies looks cooked-through. (You don't want any jiggle when you shake the pan.)
  • Allow the brownies to cool completely. The avocado flavor is MUCH more pronounced if you try these warm, so please don't be tempted to taste them until they have come to room temperature. You can place them in the fridge if you want to speed up the cooling process, or you'll have to wait at least 2 hours for them to cool on the counter.
  • Slice the brownies into small squares and serve. It's normal for this brownie to stick to the knife a bit with you cut them, since they are flourless and very fudgy. Leftovers can be stored on the counter for up to 48 hours, or in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
Avocado Brownies Nutrition (per square): Calories: 126, Fat: 7g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 3g

Recipe Notes:

  • If you need a nut-free recipe, try replacing the almond butter with 1/4 cup of your favorite flour. (I’d try oat flour or a gluten-free mix, or you could use 1/2 cup of almond flour instead.)
  • If you dislike the flavor of avocado, you can replace half of it with butter or oil instead to ease yourself into the idea. I’d try 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter to replace half of an avocado.
  • For a keto avocado brownie, try using a granulated sugar-free sweetener to replace the coconut sugar. (And let me know how it goes, please!)
  • For a vegan avocado brownie, omit the eggs and replace them with 1/4 cup of all-purpose gluten-free flour, and increase the almond butter to a 1/2 cup total.

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it! And if you make a modification or substitution, please let me know how that works out for you, too. We can all benefit from hearing about your experience!

Reader Feedback: Have you ever tried adding avocado to a dessert? In addition to my chocolate avocado pudding and smoothie, my Avocado Truffles are also popular around Valentine’s Day!

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Maggie

Made these brownies a couple of weeks ago and they were devoured in minutes! I used AP flour since I didn’t have almond butter. Got some avocados today to make them again!

Kelly

Trying to limit my baking to the weekends, but I had an avocado that simply HAD to be used, and quickly. Best excuse ever to make these brownies, which are truly delicious.

Joelene

Hands down amazing!!! Better than any I’ve had ❤️

crystal

Couldn’t taste the avocado at all, tasted just like an ordinary brownie! Also worked just fine with peanut butter instead of almond 🙂

Carmen

I don’t usually leave reviews but this one is worth it. Amazingly moist and super easy to make in the food processor. I did reduce the sugar to half (1/2 cup instead) and reduced the bake time to 25 minutes and it was perfect. I wanted to try to freeze this but I don’t think I will have any left over to do that!

Joyce

I made this for my darter. She has a condition that she can not eat any grains. So she very seldom eats sweets. I made this recipe and she ate a small piece. She was so sure she would be sick. I now make the for her always. Endless to say she did not get sick. Thank you. I need make this recipe for all my family and friends

Tani T

They were moist and did not taste of avo at all but had a very unpleasant bitter aftertaste? The baking powder perhaps?

Gina Schur

I did not use coconut sugar but used lakanto monk fruit and it came out fantastic. I also put them in cupcake pan and cooked for 20 minutes. So pumped for a special treat once in a while

Katelyn

These brownies were SO good!!! I used black cocoa powder instead of regular and it made them taste like an Oreo and a brownie had a baby! I’m sharing this recipe with everyone! 💛

Alex

I replaced the coconut sugar with half a cup of xylitol syrup I had made before. I left out the choc chips as I didn’t have dairy free ones. It is so fudgy and amazing. I’ve been trying numerous brownie recipes and yours is by far the best with less almond butter, no coconut oil. Delicious. Sooo good!!

Toony L.

I tried VERY HARD to follow your steps, but I just could NOT resist having a bite right when the brownies came out of the oven! I did not have coconut sugar, so I used brown sugar instead. The brownies turned out so moist and fudgy. I could not taste any avocado at all! My husband just tried a piece, and he wanted to eat the whole batch. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

    Megan Gilmore

    Ha!! I’m glad they were a hit for both you and your husband! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know.

Brittney Roa

This is great, used peanut butter instead and tastes amazing. Did not read the title and was surprised it was flour-less.

Jacqui

Excellent! My children had no idea there was even avocado in them. A delicious and healthy alternative! Thank you!

Sasha

I NEVER comment on receipes (serial lurker over here) but WOW did I feel compelled to comment after making these brownies! Seriously I can’t get over how chewy they are! Better than the boxed mixes and healthier. This will be my go-to brownie recipe from now on…especially since I always have these items on hand (lazy baker…)

Thanks for sharing!!!

Luli

Great clarification on the measurements! Have you tried aquafaba (chickpeas water) to replace the eggs?

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